This state park has a wide variety of wildlife habitat. Black-tailed deer, raccoon, river otter, and coyote are often seen. There are many species of birds here too. A large variety of birds are usually present in the park throughout the year. The largest variety is seen during spring and fall migration. Learn more about visiting Cape Disappointment State Park…
The Waikiki beach parking lot is a good place to look for Brandt’s and Double-crested Cormorants which nest on the rocky slopes below the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. Look for pigeon guillemots, brown pelicans, gulls, Caspian terns, harbor seals and sea lions in the waters off the parking lot. Check the lakes, ponds and wetlands for geese, ducks, herons, and nutria.
Beards Hollow: Walk the trail to the ocean and look high in the trees for kinglets, chickadees, bushtits, warblers and downy woodpeckers. The boardwalk is an excellent place for viewing wildlife too. Tree swallows, hairy woodpeckers, warblers, song sparrows, hooded mergansers, marsh wrens and other ducks are among the birds you will see here.
North Head Lighthouse: Black-tailed deer live here. Grey whales can be spotted from the grounds in front of the lighthouse or from the highest points of the path on the way to the lighthouse. Look for their waterspouts as they play in the water or feed in the area. The rocky hills below the lighthouse are home to nesting cormorants in the spring. Look for both pelagic and double-crested cormorants. Black Oystercatchers, wandering tattlers and other shorebirds may also be seen on the rocky slopes. Scoters, pigeon guillemots and other seabirds can be seen swimming in the ocean or flying past.